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B’nai B’rith Grants $100,000 to Establish Colony in Palestine

October 23, 1936
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B’nai B’rith, international fraternal order, announced today a $100,000 grant to the Jewish National Fund to purchase a 1,000-acre tract in Palestine for establishment of an agricultural colony to bear the name, “B’nai B’rith, Alfred M. Cohen Nachlah.”

The colony will be in recognition of Mr. Cohen’s service to B’nai B’rith as president. The announcement culminated negotiations among Senator Cohen, Dr. Chaim Weizmann, president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, Menachem Ussishkin, president of the J.N.F., and Dr. Israel Goldstein, president of the American J.N.F.

The land will be reclaimed by the J.N.F. and the colony will provide land settlement opportunities for Jewish refugee families from Germany and other countries. Members of B’nai B’rith will be given preference in the selection of settlers.

The Executive Committee of B’nai B’rith gave consent to the proposal several months ago, but the final action taken by Mr. Cohen coincided with the termination of the Arab general strike. The announcement said the action “is a token of B’nai B’riths faith in the fulfillment of the Balfour Declaration.”

Dr. Goldstein telegraphed Mr. Cohen that “B’nai B’rith is now, at this crucial moment, furnishing an inspiring example of faith and confidence in the Jewish future in Palestine.”

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